Category: Enforcement and Inspection

As today’s workplace becomes more complex, regulation of that workplace increases. In this section, you’ll find the practical advice you need to understand exactly what OSHA, other federal agencies, and their state counterparts, require of you, and to comply in the ways that best satisfy both your and their needs. Look also for important court decisions, advice on how to handle enforcement actions, and news of upcoming changes in workplace health and safety law.

Free Special Report: What to Expect from an OSHA Inspection

An Environmental Enforcement Roundup

Take a look at 11 recent environmental enforcement actions from around the U.S. and what was behind the various violations. Some of the penalties were steep—learn from other organizations’ mistakes to ensure your company isn’t the next one cited!

Asbestos Removal

Cutting Corners with Asbestos Removal Leads to Huge Fines

State regulators say a Seattle hotel owner who knew his building contained asbestos cut corners to save money by using untrained workers to remove it. As a result, the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), which runs the Washington state OSHA program, cited the business for multiple egregious safety and health violations and issued $355,000 […]


OIG Pushes EPA to Perform More Programmatic Cross-Checks

But EPA says approach pays few dividends for RMP For several years, EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has been trying to persuade several Agency programmatic offices to conduct cross-checks wherein facility information collected by one program can indicate if the facility is potentially not complying with requirements in another program. Generally, the OIG believes […]


Fatality Leads to Citations, Fines for Foundation Builder

OSHA has cited and fined a Massachusetts foundation company for failing to protect employees against crushing hazards installing permanent foundation supports beneath a public library. The company faces more than $212,000 in proposed penalties.


An Increase in EPA Penalties

As is the case each January, the EPA has finalized regulations adjusting its civil penalties to account for inflation. Therefore, effective January 15, 2018, the maximum civil penalties that the EPA may impose for violations of various environmental statutes have increased by 2 percent.


OSHA and Grain Company Settle Citations

OSHA has signed a comprehensive settlement agreement with Bartlett Grain Company LP that resolves contested citations issued by OSHA in 2012. Six workers were killed and two were injured as a result of an explosion at a Kansas grain elevator. Under terms of the agreement, the employer agreed to pay $182,000 in penalties. The original […]


2018 Sees a 2% Increase in OSHA Penalties

Effective January 2, civil penalties for violations of workplace safety and health standards are 2 percent higher, with a new maximum fine of nearly $130,000. OSHA increased its penalties to adjust for inflation as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015, which initially raised civil penalties by 78 percent after over […]


Federal Penalty Increases Adopted by Hawaii

Effective January 1, 2018, employers in Hawaii will be subject to higher civil penalties for violations of workplace safety and health regulations. The change was made to align with federal OSHA, which raised its civil penalties in August 2016 after more than two decades without penalty increases.


OSHA Uses a Patchwork of Regulations to Cite Combustible Dust Hazards

On May 31, 2017, a combustible dust explosion at Didion Milling’s corn milling facility in Cambria, Wisconsin, left five workers dead and 1 dozen more seriously injured. In November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) leveled 14 willful citations—including 8 categorized as “egregious”—and 5 serious citations against the employer, carrying proposed fines of more […]